A man climbed up a high tension (33,000 KV feeder) tower near Asafabad power station in Firozabad on Monday, to press for his demand that his missing wife be found. When he did finally climb down after much drama, it was only to be arrested by the police for creating a nuisance.
His wife is reported to have left him around 20 days ago, after an argument.
40-year-old Ram Prasad, father of four, created panic among locals when he started climbing the high tension power line tower. He reportedly carried a water bottle and biscuits with him on his mission and remained atop for about five hours.
Several administrative officials, including sub-divisional magistrate Ravindra Kumar and deputy superintendent of police and circle officer for Firozabad, Omkar Yadav, rushed to the spot on receiving the news and tried to convince Prasad to climb down. However, the man remained adamant and threw down a piece of paper that had his demand mentioned in it.
Prasad demanded assurance from the cops that they would locate his wife, and climbed down only after he was convinced by an official.
“We came to know that Ram Prasad’s wife had deserted him after they had a dispute. A case regarding his missing wife was registered at the ‘line par’ police station the time. The man alleged that his in-laws were harassing him ever since his wife went missing,” informed Dy SP and CO, Firozabad city, Omkar Yadav.
He added, “Due to this act of Ram Prasad, power supply to nearby districts was affected. Besides, he was guilty of creating a nuisance and was therefore taken into custody and booked for this.”